About the Explorer Program

Are you a high-school student interested in a career in Fire and/or EMS? Join the Rochester Volunteer FD Explorer post.

The explorer program is for ages 14-18. With parental consent, these kids are allowed to participate in department meetings, trainings, emergency calls, and events to get a feel of the fire service to see if it is something they wish to continue being a part of when older. Explorers are allowed to leave the program at any time after joining if they feel this is not for them.

Explorers can:

  • Run limited fire and EMS calls (dependent on call type)
  • Help carry equipment
  • Record patient information
  • Attend trainings and department events
  • Put through classes sponsored by the department (if approved, age 17+)

Explorers can not:

  • Actively treat/touch patients
  • Go on MABAS calls
  • Actively participate in firefighting
  • Drive apparatus
  • Limited participation in training activities
  • Respond to calls past 21:00 Sunday-Thursday
  • Respond to calls past 22:00 Friday-Saturday

Interested in Joining?

Requirements: You must be 14 years or older, and have completed 8th grade, up to 18 years old. You must be a resident of our response area: Rochester, Waterford, or Burlington. You must be enrolled in high school, or higher education, and you must maintain a 2.0 (“C”) or higher grade point average to remain eligible for the program. Applicants must display good conduct at all times and be of high moral character.

Exploring is a Scouts of America affiliated program.


Lieutenant Brady Anderson
(262) 534-3444

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